MEYERTON. – At a special council meeting which was held on August 29, Councillor Bongani Baloyi (26) was voted in as the new Executive Mayor of Midvaal. He was formerly the MMC for Development and Planning at the Midvaal Council.

In his Mayoral Speech, Cllr Baloyi said that being elected Mayor is a huge honour and an incredibly humbling experience.

“It is also an extremely exciting time, because I will have the opportunity to make choices which can have an impact on the quality of life of the people living around me in Midvaal,” he said.

Cllr Baloyi was born in Thokoza on the East Rand and lives in Kookrus. He is a former pupil of Hoërskool Drie Riviere in Vereeniging and the oldest of three children. He is currently studying BCom in Business Administration.

Cllr Baloyi’s mother was very involved in politics and he attended meetings with her. This is where his interest in politics started.

Cllr Baloyi was instrumental in leading his team to achieve significant successes such as the first-ever collaborative initiative to count and record the residents of Sicelo, the ongoing food garden projects in Midvaal and the establishment of the Bantu-Bonke agricultural cooperative, amongst many others.

Having served on the council for two years, Cllr Baloyi is confident that he will rise to the task of leading and serving Midvaal.

In his mayoral speech he said that the Midvaal Local Municipality has always been dedicated to excellent service delivery, economic growth and development in the area.

He explained that his focus areas as Mayor would include driving economic growth, reaching out to the youth of Midvaal, celebrating diversity, building integrated communities and increased interaction with residents.

In the coming months, the Mayor plans to embark on a roadshow around Midvaal, meeting with different sectors and communities.

“The Demarcation issue is obviously going to be a huge challenge for the whole Midvaal team.

“As a council, we will try our hardest to stop the merger and ensure the continued existence of Midvaal Local Municipality after 2016.

“We will follow all recourse available to us, as we have already begun doing, and we are confident that we can fight the case and stop the merger,” he concluded.

The new Mayoral Committee selected by Mayor Baloyi includes the following councillors:

MMC Social and Community Services: Cllr Cliff Hartman, MMC Engineering: Cllr Malcolm Hack, who was also appointed as Deputy Mayor,

MMC Corporate and Finance: Cllr Patricia Pretorius,

MMC HR & Protection:Cllr James Botsoere and

MMC Development and Planning: Cllr Freddie Peters.

Source: vaalweekblad.com